ZIF at the "Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week" and at the Stand-By-Partner Annual Consultations in Geneva


From 5 to 6 February, ZIF as one of the StandBy Partners (SBP) of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) participated in the "Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week" in Geneva. Within the scope of the SBP ZIF engages in institutional support of the SBP-Training Secretariat and in hosting selected OCHA training activities. In the second half of this year ZIF plans to restart expert surge deployments to OCHA-field missions again. The cooperation between OCHA and ZIF is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Humanitarian UN-agencies (FAO, OCHA, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, IOM etc.) and international as well as national roster agencies assemble once a year under the aegis of the SBP in order to exchange experiences regarding the deployment of humanitarian workers. The purpose of the SBP is to provide UN-agencies with access to trained and experienced humanitarian experts for short-term deployments on an ad hoc basis. The annual meeting of the SBP-network provides the possibility for UN and seconding agencies to intensify their cooperation and to adjust to the needs in the field.

During the SBP-Annual Consultations ZIF provided input to the topic „Duty of Care“ – employers’ due diligence towards seconded/deployed personnel. Together with other roster agencies ZIF developed and presented suggestions for an enhanced information exchange concerning security and medical issues for personnel in the field.

In the course of this year, ZIF is planning to operationalize the proposed improvements for Stand-by deployments with OCHA. In this regard the triangle-constellation of seconded expert, seconding agency and receiving agency and the respective shared responsibility of all parties involved presents a particular challenge for the SBP community.